President Michael D Higgins: “I have a very good working relationship under article 28 of the Constitution.” Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Ministers have refused to be drawn into any criticism of President Michael D Higgins over his comments about direct provision for asylum seekers wh(...)

Former minister for justice Alan Shatter with Minister for Health James Reilly. Alan’s bombshell resignation could hog the headlines for weeks and deflect attention from Calamity James.  But then the spotlight will be back on him. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

After a long and difficult break-up, the Taoiseach opted for a quickie settlement: Frances Fitzgerald got Justice and Charlie Flanagan was awarded the(...)

Dick Barry (second from right)  former Fine Gael TD and minister of state seen in  1974. Photograph: Paddy Whelan

Former Fine Gael TD and minister of state Dick Barry who died on Sunday at the age of 93 was yesterday praised for his willing(...)